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JOE SMITH RUMORS & GOSSIP

2015 Player Projection: Joe Smith

The reliever with the boring name turned into a tremendous asset in the Angels bullpen last season. Can Joe Smith build on his career year? What happened in 2014?Joe Smith was signed to a three-year, $15.75 million deal to provide something resembling stability in the Angels bullpen. It was a questionable signing at the time because Dipoto had vowed to never heavily invest in...
Via Monkey with a Halo
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Players as Fans, High School or College, Andruw Jones, more

Joe Smith had a favorite team growing up. As is the case for most players, his allegiances changed when he began playing professional baseball. Smith was drafted by the Mets and has gone on to play for the Indians and now the Angels. According to the side-arming reliever, the change in rooting interests goes beyond […]
Via Fangraphs
January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Questioning Joe Smith’s 2014 season

Joe Smith was the reliever with the pedestrian name but the excellent numbers in 2014. Despite a very impressive year, Smith still appears to be flying under the radar. But maybe that is for the best since it seems like he might have been pitching well over his head. Should the Angels have signed Smith for so much money (3 years, $15.8 million)? The general sabermetrics stance on...
Via Monkey with a Halo
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels' Joe Smith relishing closer role

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Joe Smith didn't know he'd be the Angels' closer at this point in the season, but now that he is, he's embracing his role. Ernesto Frieri is gone, traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates last week. Jason Grilli is here, acquired in the Frieri deal. The benefactor is Smith, who acknowledges that as a relief pitcher, it's important to be prepared for anything. Smith pitched...
Via Fox Sports West
July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Joe Smith too busy puking to pitch, Angels pitchers still aren’t throwing strikes

The May 7th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Joe Smith too busy puking to pitch, Angels pitchers still aren’t throwing strikes and much more… The Story: Joe Smith was too busy puking to enter the game for the save opportunity on Monday. The Monkey Says: Thus explaining why he warmed up but didn’t enter the game. That vomit session may have...
Via Monkey with a Halo
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels' Joe Smith day to day with side tightness

The new Angels closer Joe Smith has an unfortunate story this week. Smith has had a promising start to his new closer role with the Angels converting all three of his save opportunities. According to Mike Digiovanna of the Los Angels Times, Smith was warming up in the bullpen to get ready for his ninth inning save situation when he started to not feel so well after an energy bar...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Smith fitting in as Angels closer

Joe Smith is starting to take control of the closer spot in the Los Angeles Angels bullpen. Smith picked up his second save in as many days on Tuesday as he pitched a perfect ninth inning to preserve a 6-4 win overt he Cleveland Indians. It was just a few days ago that Angels manager Mike Scioscia pulled the plug on Ernesto Frieri. Smith now has as many saves in the last two days...
Via Tireball.com
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Smith gets first crack as closer, doesn't disappoint in Angels' win

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Joe Smith woke up Monday morning knowing he was going to pitch. In reality it was more like Monday afternoon after waking up around 2pm because he didn't get to bed until 6am as a result of the Angels spending all night flying across the country. Rather he believed it or was just delirious, the feeling stuck with him as he made his way through the Angels clubhouse...
Via Fox Sports West
April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Davis leaves with strained oblique, Joe Smith takes over as Angels closer

Chris David left Friday’s game against Kansas City in the fifth inning after suffering a strained left oblique. While there is little news about the status of Davis it is almost a given that he lands on the disabled list. Davis is hitting .250 on the season with two home runs and 13 RBI in 22 games thus far. Joe Smith will take over the ninth inning duties for the Los Angels Angels...
Via Tireball.com
April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels reliever Joe Smith takes injury of Kole Calhoun tough

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- At this point, you could take your pick. Which member of the Angels bullpen would be the next to relinquish a lead? You could go down the list. By the numbers, it certainly was not to be Joe Smith. In an ineffective bullpen, he was an effective one. In six appearances, he allowed just three hits, eight strikeouts, no walks, and a 0.00 ERA. Yet, on Tuesday night...
Via Fox Sports West
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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